Man Apprehended for Robbery and Driving Stolen Vehicle

Cornelius Pierce, wanted for robbery, was apprehended after a high-speed chase.

Cornelius Pierce, 49, was apprehended by law enforcement after a high-speed chase involving a stolen vehicle. The incident began when detectives from the Violent Crimes Division noticed a black Nissan Rogue that had been taken during a robbery on June 10 at the Mapco located at 553 Murfreesboro Pike. Upon attempting to stop the vehicle, Pierce fled at a high rate of speed.

An MNPD helicopter tracked the Rogue as it exited Davidson County. Officers from Franklin and Brentwood attempted to intervene, with Brentwood officers successfully deploying spike strips on I-65 North, bringing the vehicle to a halt. Pierce then exited the Rogue, jumped over a divider wall, and attempted to carjack another vehicle on I-65 South. During this attempt, he was struck by a side-view mirror and sustained serious injuries. He was subsequently transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

Pierce was already wanted on an outstanding warrant for the Mapco robbery. During this incident, he allegedly pretended to purchase a fountain drink. When the clerk opened the register, he reportedly rushed behind the counter. Although the clerk managed to close the register before he could take any cash, he allegedly grabbed her by the head and neck, taking her cell phone and keys before driving off in the Rogue.

At the time of this incident, Pierce was out on a $4,000 bond following his May 19 arrest for assault and theft. He is accused of taking three cases of beer from the Monroe Street Kroger and throwing one at a security guard who tried to stop him. Additionally, he has pending charges from an April 26 arrest for vehicle theft, evading arrest, and resisting arrest, with a bond set at $8,000 for those charges.

Upon his release from the hospital, Pierce will face charges related to these latest incidents.

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